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National Commission Rule Prevents Change of “Cutting Down” Date™Baugh On New Schedule
BAUGH INSISTS THAT LEAGUE SHOULD OPEN SEASON LATER Satisfied, Otherwise, With Schedule—Barons Close on Road With One Game Series After Playing Whole Series at Home—Spring Meet February 20 P-. H. Baugh, president of the local baseball association, stated yesterday that he would not oppose the adoption of the proposed league schedule, but that he would make an effort to open later than April 10, the date provided for in the schedule. "Birmingham gets everything it de sires," stated the president. "We open at home, get all the holiday games, and close with a series of one gome on the road. We play a series in Birmingham September 4, 5 and 6 and close on the 7th In Nashville. “The league should open, however. April 17, and close September 17. Tile schedule makers were instructed to so | arrange the schedule. They explain their failure to carry out instructions! by Btating that it was necessary to open sooner in order that they might place in desirable .cities the holiday games.” Manager Moles worth holds that the league should open late. “The argument is used,” stated he, “that finishing September 17 is too late on account of decreased interest. But the league after July 4 always,drags, and it matters not if we close Septem ber 1 or September 17 from the stand point of Interest. If we open early, we will be able to dispose of oiir surplus* players more advantageously. I do not believe the schedule as it stands will be adopted. Atlanta is threatening to get out of the league if certain changes are not made, and Montgomery is very anxious to open in Birmingham.” Mr. Baugh learns unofficially that the spring meeting will occur in Chat tanooga, February 20. ••••••••••••• NATIONAL COMMISSION RULE WORKS HARDSHIP ON LEAGUE Mr Baugh Discovers It Would Be Impossible to Change Pro vision That Clubs Must Be Down to the Limit By Opening Day There is every reason to believe that there will be no action taken at the meeting of the Southern league direc tors looking to the change of the pro vision that each club must be down to the 18-man limit by the opening of the season. This is due to the fact that R. H. , Baugh, president of the local club, dis covered yesterday that that provision must of necessity remain as it is on account of the action of the national commission. The commission, as is re membered, established the rule that no club of a league in the A classification can have on its pay roll more than 18 men, and that no club can have a pay roll in excess of $3600. “We of the Southern league,” stated • Mr. Baugh yesterday, “are right up to the limit in regard to men and money. Should we make a rule that might per mit us to carry our men until May 1. we would be in violation of the salary and man limits, ahd would be subject to a fine at the hands of the national commission.” Manager Molesworth was very anx ious that the change be made on ac count of his desire to look his men over carefully before disposing of them. “However,” stated he, “I can look them over as rapidly as the other man agers, I presume. But when we cut loose our men two or three weeks before the little leagues start their seasons, we will have no place to send our surplus material. The rule will, therefore, work a double hardship on Southern league clubs.” Chattanooga, February 15.—(Special.)— King is the new outfielder of the Look outs. The latest addition to the ranks of the locals who has been the star cen ter fielder of the Topeka club of the Western league for the past two years was finally secured Saturday morning In exchange for Forsythe. CLAIMS DEVICE WILL ELIMINATE “BONES” MADE BY HIS “UMPS” Chicago, February 15.—President Ban Johnson of the American league has an nounced his intention of investigating the device of a Bedford. Mass., man, who claims that by its use umpires can make no mistake on their decisions as to balls and strikes. A letter was received by the league pres ident giving a few ideas of the invention, which is said to be patterned after the telescope, and lie says that if it is all that is claimed for it there is a likelihood that it would be a valuable adjunct to the baseball field. I Washington, February 15.—The intercol legiate shooting matches this week in cluded the following: Eastern league, Princeton defeated North Georgia, 947 to 920. Harvard defeated Columbia. 952 to 885. Cornell defeated Lehigh, 898 to 791. Western league.' Oklahoma defeated Washington, 880 to 878. Kansas defeated United States “Vet. Surge,” ®U8 to 751. Purdue defeated Louisiana 922 to 0 (de fault.) STALLINGS ARRANGES FOR SOUTHERN TRIP Boston, February 15.—Manager George .Stallings of the Boston Nationals, spent a busy <lay completing arrangements for the team's southern, trip, denying rumors of extensive trades with New York or other clubs and discussing plans for a | rehabilitation of the local team. He left tonight for his home in Haddock. Oa.. where lie will its joined within a lew day: by a small squad of battery candidates. RALPH ROSE BREAKS HAMMER RECORD San Francisco, February 15.—Ralph Host put tlie Xi pound shot 39 feet ** inch at the annual indoor track and field meet of the Pastime Athletic club last night, breaking the former record of 38 feet Id 11-16 Inches, made hy Patrick McDonald of the Irish-American Athletic club of New York. Tennis Tourney New York, February 15.—Wylie C. Grant and Gustave F. Touchard, cham pion of 1909, won their places In the semi final round of the national indoor lawn tennis championship tournament here to day. W. M. Hall also came through to couple with Touehard for the lower final bracket. The other semi-finalist will be either G. C. Shafer or G. G. Moore, Jr., both former Columbia university men. Among the defaults registered in the first round was that of F. B. Alexander and T. R. Pell, holders of the doubles title. LETTERS TO EDITOR To Solve Smoke Question To the Editor of The Age-Herald: After reading the ton trover?? y on amok* for the past several weeks. I often won dered why some one did not suggest lomc practical plan to our worthy com missioners for their consideration besides the smoke consumers which are very temporary and trifling at best. 1 will of- i ftr the outline* of a plan and I feel sure our commissioners can work it out. The first place lets have a large gas plant outside of the city, so we can make all the gas wq need for those who wish to use it, and all coke in our pub* lie buildings and the balance can be used in our residence furnaces and grates. Gas can be made at a good profit al 50 cents per 1000 feet, half our present price and coke at $2 per ton; you see this is half the present price. Its a fact that Jefferson county is an Ideal place, for a municipal gas plant, we have an abundance of gas coal. Lots of pipe shops and in fact, everything needed right at our door. In fact it is the best place in the world for a municipal gas plant. It’s a fact other cities not as well situated, are making and selling gas at 43 cents per 1000 feet, and then turn into the public fund a good sum. We need the big products too. All our streets and roads could use the pitch and tar ABORIGINAL PART OF BASEBALL AS IT STANDS TODAY uim* thocpe. (alANTJ L.MJOV .ONCE OF YANKEES Comparatively few full blooded Indians have made good in professional baseball. In recent years those who nave succeeded to regular positions with either American or National League lubs can be counted upon the fingers of me hand. Athletic trainers and coaches have iften wondered at this. It is the more -urprlslng when one stops to consider lial, of all nations there Is none whicli an boast of more natural athletes than he al)origines. Some mentors have bed to explain it by saying that the; ce has been retrogressing. This, ofj urse, may be in a great measure re onsible for the condition. Vhatever the reason, it remains a fact at only Sockalexls, “Jack" Meyers VHigr' MEYECS rtlANTJ . and "Cliler’ Bender have niuuncd fame given trials in fust company, but they as big leaguers. Other Indians have hnve Invariably fallen just one notch made good in the minors and have been - My In their major league ability. BE.ISOEW. , OF ATHUETICJ •Notable among these were Jude, a reservation Indian, and Lnrov. a Ohip l>ewa. They have always been among the best in their respective minor asso ciations, but they have lacked an inde finable something so frequently the case with good minor leaguers. Now ‘'Jim" Ttairpe has been added to the list, and out In St. T.ouls the Browns may have an Indian playing shortstop for them. Raienti, who had a trial witii Cincinnati for a time, has been turned over to George Stovall. Sock a! ex is was regarded as one of the best players in his time, about thirteen years ago. He played for four years with Holy Cross and then played for about two seasons with Cleveland, but ‘fire water’’ was the cause of tils down 11 confined with that slag pile, spread on the streets with our prisoners. That Will | keep down the dust. There is no limit to a municipal gas plant well conducted. I have faith in | our commissioners and people. First, it will do away with that 99 per cent smoke. Second, will give consumers gas at halt price; coke at half price. Third, will kil the dust. Fourth, will do away with the slag piles. Fifth, make good streets at cost. Sixth, stop all contention and put men united to work for the good of all. Cheap gas, electricity and coke will do away with the smoke nuisance as no one will use soft coal If you give them something better to take its place. Ex tend the gas main so every one can use it. It will be a good investment for the city of greater Birmingham and cut down i the high cost of living. Kespectfully yours, J. A. JAMES, l Birmingham. February 11, 1913. Sand Cure for Fatigue From Harper's. l' One of the most efficacious cures for fatigue from overwork consists in walk ing barefoot in sand. The nerves of the sole and heel are slightly Irritated by coming in contact with the grains and ac celerate the circulation of the blood in ail parts of the body. The effect pro duced Is highly Invigorating. Besides this the motony of an ample extent of yellow sand exercises a sporoiftc effect on the brain which induces sleep. Considerate Providence From the National Monthly. A young man in want of 925 wrote to his uncle as follows: "Dear Uncle; Jf you could see how' I blush for shumc while 1 am writing you would pity me. Do you know' why? Be cause I have to ask you for a few dol lars, and I do not know how to expres myself. Tt is impossible for me to tell I you. I prefer to die. I send you this messenger, who will wait for an answer. Helieve me, my dearest uncle, your most obedient and affectionate NFP1IHW." “P. S.—Overcome with shame for what I have written, T have been running afte, tile messenger in order to take the letter from hint, but I cannot catch him. Heav en grant that something may happen to stop him or that tills letter may get lost.'* The uncle was naturally touched, but was equal to the emergency. He replied as follows: "My Dear Jack: Console yourself and blush iio more. Providence 1ms heard your prayers. The messenger lost yoiti letter. Your affectionate 1TNCLK.” Was a Musician From the Woman’s Home Companion. At a reception one night a loud mouth ed young man was Invited to sing. De sultory applause followed and he respond ed with a vociferous rendering of “My Old Kentucky Home.’’ The hostess was passing among her guests, beaming at t he success of her entertainment and sure that everybody was having a good time, j when suddenly, to her surprise she came upon a middle aged man but slightly j know!) to her who was weeping silently ] but bitterly in a secluded corner. Think- j lng that his heart had been touched by j the old song, she asked sympathetically:] “Why do you weep? Are you a Ken- 1 tuck la n?“ “No, madam,” he replied, "I am a mu sician.' Another Pussy From the National Monthly. Wife (sobbing to John on his return from office)- John, I baked a cake. John Well, don't cry, dear. Wife—But, John, the cat ate it. John—Don't cry, dear. I'll buy another I on t. Gotham Manager Signs Five Year Contract Calling for Annual Stipend of $20,000 New York* February 15.— John ^fe Gray, leadet of the New York National league c hampion?, today signed a five year contract to manage the team for the seasons of 191.1-17 Inclusive. Mc Graw was working under a five year con tract which had two years to run. The old contract, however, was abrogated, and tlu* new one gives the manager a sub stantial Increase in salary. It Is said McGraw's old contract called for $18,000 a season and that his stipend now has been increased to $20,000 a season. President Hempstead of the Giants issued a state ment saying: "It gives me great pleasure to announce that the New York National League Base ball club has entered into a contract with John J. McGraw* whom we consider to be the greatest manager of the generation in professional baseball to act as man ager of the team for the seasons of 1913, 1914. 1915. 191*} and 1917. During the term of years that McGraw has been with the New York club lie has brought four Na tional league championships and on# world's championship to this city. .His club has never been out of the lirst di vision except during the brief part of the latter part, of the season of 1902, when ' he assumed control and begat* the process of building up a new team. We consider tills a wonderful record and we are glad to attest the appreciation of the club by renewing our relations with so competent and so great a baseball general." Manager McGraw will leave here tomor row for Marlin, Tex., where the Giants have their training camp, to look over his young player?. Mathew son, Harley, Thorpe, Goulatt and Evers, the latter a young brother of Johnny Kvers of the Cubs, will accompany him. The old men will train with the young players. BIRMINGHAM RIFLE TEAM LOSES SHOO! Manchester Victorious Over Local Cracks—Tie for Leadership Washington, February 15.—Warren, Pa., and Washington, D. <\, are tied for first place In the Kastern league interclub rifle shooting matches for the champion ship of the T'nlted States. This week's results Include: Manchester defeated Birmingham, VTJ to 957. Portland, Me., defeated New Orleans, 957 to 919. Creme del a Creme UJhiske^ is too precious a liquor to be sold in bulk. Every drop of it is bottled, and every bottle sealed, by the distillers. The label is a guaranty of quality supreme—purity unadulterated—smoothness uneaualed. m All first-class cafes have it. THE I. 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